11 Things I’ve Learned from Todd Durkin in 11 Years
Brett Klika C.S.C.S
As many may know, I have worked closely with Todd Durkin since Fitness Quest 10 opened in 2000. Working closely with one of the world’s fitness industry’s “giants” for that amount of time has given me valuable insight as to my career, the fitness industry, and other aspects of work and life. As my 11 year anniversary approaches, I wanted to take the opportunity and share some of the things I’ve learned.
1. A successful company starts with its leadership. Leaders should ALWAYS be positive, ALWAYS be proactive, and ALWAYS be looking to improve.
2. ACTION speaks louder than anything. Todd’s “doing” to “talking about doing” ratio is off the charts. Visualize, act, and succeed.
3. Never get in a car when someone from New Jersey is driving.
4. There is ALWAYS a way to do what we really want to do. We impose our own limitations on our actions. It may not be easy, it may take us out of our comfort zone, but there is ALWAYS a way to succeed.
5. Apparently, there is a college somewhere named “William and Mary”. I know, I haven’t heard of it either. Apparently, they have a football team as well. I Googled it, it’s true.
6. To truly inspire wellness in a client, you have to challenge their body AND inspire their soul. That means you have to come from a place of sincere passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to greatness.
7. Everyone you interact with will mirror your energy and intention. What you give out is what you get back.
8. When you are competing at a sport or game with your employees or clients, if you are behind when the clock runs out, extend the clock until you are no longer behind. This may take minutes, or hours.
9. Opportunity loves an open mind.
10. No matter how successful you are, seek mentors.
11. The Rocky soundtrack is appropriate for all occasions. Workouts, weddings, funerals; just put it on repeat. The same goes for any Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi album.
12. Money follows passion and action, not vice-versa.
13. You not only have an opportunity, but an obligation to yourself and others to “get your mind right” every day. Sometimes it comes naturally; sometimes you have to work at it.
14. When you take your shirt off, you should look like Chewbacca.
As you can see, I couldn’t stop at 11 things. If I had the time, it would be hard to stop at 100. In a nutshell, it’s an unmatched opportunity to learn daily from the hardest working man in the business. I encourage everyone to seek a mentor and constantly re-affirm your commitment to greatness!